► CAL AT 68TH ANNUAL WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE Cal (No. T2 Golf World/Nike Golf, No. 3 Golfstat, No. 5 Golfweek/Sagarin) concludes its 2013-14 regular season by playing as the defending champion at the Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State this Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13. The 68th edition of the classic event will take place at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz. Each of the 14 teams in the field will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday, with shotgun starts both days scheduled to begin at 8:30 am PDT. Each team will field six players with the top five scores for each round counting towards the team’s total.
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Sat., Apr. 12
Western Intercollegiate (First and Second Rounds)
Santa Cruz, CA (Pasatiempo Golf Club)
San Jose State
8:30 am PDT
Sun., Apr. 13
Western Intercollegiate (Third Round)
Santa Cruz, CA (Pasatiempo Golf Club)
San Jose State
8:30 am PDT
► KEY NOTES
Winners – Cal has won six of its first 10 events in 2013-14 and 24 of its last 36 stroke-play tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of 2011-12. The Bears have finished in the top five in 35 of those events as well as another four additional match-play events during the period for 39 top-five finishes in their last 40 tournaments overall.
Next Win – Another Cal victory this season would give the Bears seven victories in 2013-14 and the second-most wins in school history behind the record 12 stoke-play events Cal won in 2012-13.
National Honors Candidates – The senior trio of Brandon Hagy, JoëlStalter and Michael Weaver are all candidates for national honors. Hagy and Stalter rank No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, on the latest Haskins Award Watch List for the honor awarded to the National Player of the Year honors. Stalter and Hagy are both among the final five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, while all three are on The Ben Hogan Award Watch List.
Individual Medalists – Hagy and Stalter have both been individual medalists three times in 2013-14. Hagy won outright at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational and Aggie Invitational, while Stalter was victorious at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and the National Invitational Tournament. The two shared the Arizona Intercollegiate title.
Defending Champions – Cal is the defending champion at the Western Intercollegiate after the Bears won the event for the second time in school history and for the first time in 63 years in 2013. Cal amazingly turned a nine-shot deficit at the beginning of the final round into an eventual 13-shot victory with a final round 10-under par 340 that head coach Steve Desimone called “certainly one of the best and maybe the best in school history.”
Weather – The weather forecast for the Santa Cruz area during the Western Intercollegiate both days calls for high temperatures in the low-mid 60’s and low temperatures in the high-mid 40’s, with winds around 10 miles per hour from the west and a 10 percent chance of rain each day.
The Field –The 14-team field for the 2014 Western Intercollegiate features 10 squads in the top 50 according to the latest Golfweek rankings in No. 5 Cal, No. 6 Stanford, No. 13 Washington, No. 15 Texas, No. 20 USC, No. 27 Arizona State, No. 28 SMU, No. 36 San Diego State, No. 45 Memphis and No. 48 Oregon. The same 10 teams are in the top 50 in the most recent Golfstat poll also led by Cal at No. 3 and followed by No. 4 Stanford, No. 12 Texas, No. 17 Washington, No. 22 USC, No. 27 SMU, No. 28 Arizona State, No. 39 San Diego State, No. 41 Memphis and No. 43 Oregon. Hawaii, UC Irvine, UTEP and host San Jose State will also play in the event.
► CAL’S 2014 WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE LINEUP Cal’s lineup for the 2014 Western Intercollegiate and two individuals participating are listed below along with each player’s current Golfstat and Golfweek national rankings, as well as 2013-14 and career stroke-play rounds, strokes and averages.
Visit the 2013-14 roster online at CalBears.com for links to complete player and coach bios; ^Rankings last updated: Golfstat (4/8/14), Golfweek (4/10/14); *Ranking for those golfers who have not played in minimum number of rounds to be eligible for regular rankings; ^Playing as an individual
► PLAYER NOTES 1 – Brandon Hagy (5-11, 170, Sr., 3L, Westlake Village, CA/Westlake HS)
Has finished in the top five in 10 of his last 12 events and the top 10 in all but one of those 12 tournaments
Has been an individual medalist three times in 2013-14 (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Aggie Invitational) and four times in his career, also winning the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in 2012-13
Listed at No. 4 on the latest watch list for the Haskins Award Watch List, while he is No. 6 in the latest Palmer Cup Ranking (Team USA) as well as one of five final finalists for the Byron Nelson Award and on the Ben Hogan Award watch list and a nominee for the Byron Nelson Award
Has a career-best and team season-best 70.41 stroke average
Cal’s only player to have played in all 10 of the team’s events in 2013-14
Has been individual medalist three times in 2013-14 (Alister MacKenzie Invitational, National Invitational Tournament, Arizona Intercollegiate shared with teammate Brandon Hagy), been in the top two four times and top five occasions
Won Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Month honors in February of 2014 for the second time in his career after posting a 69.80 stroke average over his first five rounds of the spring
Has been an individual medalist a team-high five times in his career, adding wins in 2012-13 at the Arizona Intercollegiate (shared with Michael Kim) and John A. Burns Intercollegiate to his three victories this season
On watch lists for the Haskins Award (No. 6) and Ben Hogan Award, as well as a Byron Nelson Award national finalist and the No. 2 player for Team Europe in the latest Palmer Cup Ranking
Returns to the site of his best finish as a collegian at the Western Intercollegiate, where he was tied for seventh last season in the best finish of his career
In the lineup for the third straight event and fourth time in 2013-14 while playing in the No. 3 position, which is a season-high
Played in five spring events during the 2012-13 season, registering a 73.19 stroke average as he earned Cal’s Freshman of the Year honors
4 – Michael Weaver (5-9, 175, Sr., 3L, Fresno, CA/Clovis West HS)
Has three top-10 finishes and been tied for 17th or better in seven of 10 events in 2013-14
A national finalist for the Byron Nelson Trophy and on the Ben Hogan Award watch list
The only Cal golfer to ever play at the Masters while currently on the collegiate team and only the second golfer in the history of the sport to play in the Masters, Palmer Cup, U.S. Open and Walker Cup in the same calendar year in 2013
Has been in the top 21 in each of his last four tournaments, including the top finish of his career when he tied for eighth at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and was Cal’s top finisher
In the lineup for the fifth consecutive tournament after having played only once previously since the spring of 2012, redshirting in 2012-13 and participating only at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in the fall of 2013
6 – Shotaro Ban (5-10, 155, So., 1L, San Jose, CA/Archbishop Misty HS)
In the lineup for the first time since a career-best sixth-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational during the team’s third event of the fall last September
Has played for each of the past two tournaments as an individual, coming off the second-best finish of his career and his top-10 showing this year when he tied for eighth at the Aggie Invitational
Participated in the team’s first three events of 2013-14, adding a tied for 12th showing at the Saint Mary’s Invitational and a tied for 27th finish at the Gopher Invitational
Ind – Pace Johnson (5-9, 160, Sr., 1L, Fresno, CA/Cal Poly/Clovis West HS)
Has finished in the top 16 in six of his nine events in 2013-14 and been in the top 10 four times, including a pair of career-best third-place showings (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Alistair Mackenzie Invitational)
Tied for second on the club with nine events and 26 rounds played
► COACH NOTES Head Coach Steve Desimone
35th season as Cal head coach
NCAA Champions (2004)
NCAA Semifinalists (2012, ’13)
NCAA Regional Champions (2012, ’13)
Pac-12 Champions (2012, ’13)
Two-time National Coach of the Year (2004, ’13)
Two-time Regional Coach of the Year (2012, ’13)
Three-time Pac-10/12 Coach/Co-Coach of the Year (1987, 2012, ’13)
GCAA (Class of 2010) and NCGA (Class of 2014) Hall of Famer
► DES SAYS On the course at the Pasatiempo Golf Club “Pasatiempo is a course that if you don’t make good decisions it will absolutely punish you. We’re going to have to play a lot smarter than we played in Texas last week. The hallmark of our teams over the last few years is that we’ve done a great job minimizing big numbers but that has not been the case this spring. It certainly cost us the tournament last week. Playing smarter means you’re automatically going to play better. If we do we’ll be in good shape. We’re comfortable with the golf course, we know it well, but we’re going to have to execute.”
On the Western Intercollegiate “This is the longest running tournament west of the Mississippi and one of the grandest venues in all of college golf. Whoever wins here earns it. They have to play great golf and they have to think themselves around the golf course. There are five or six really good teams here and three or four others that can certainly get going. We’ve got a wonderful field and a challenging golf course. That’s what we should have at this time of the year.”
On the upcoming postseason “At this stage of the game we want to build as much confidence and momentum going into the postseason as we can. The Pac-12’s are coming up and are going to be a great tournament and the NCAA Regionals following that of course and then the granddaddy with the NCAA Championship.”